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Re: Painful Fingernails

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Posted by Marti on November 26, 2000 at 10:26:11:

In Reply to: Painful Fingernails posted by Carrie on November 25, 2000 at 20:18:48:

: I have had artificial nails several times over the past few years, and have recently developed what I believe to be a nail fungus under both of my thumbs. It comes and goes, but at its worst my thumbs THROB under the nail, and applying any pressure to them really hurts. After a day or so of this, the skin under my nail gets really thick and flaky, eventually coming off a little at a time. I keep my nails trimmed down, and I try not to pick at the affected skin (even though it can look awful). I am very interested in finding a name for what I have, as well as any cures for it. Thanks for your time-

A fungal or yeast infection which results in Onychomycosis, can invade through a tear in the proximal and lateral nail folds as well as the eponychium. This type of infection is characterized by onycholysis (nail plate separation) with evident debris under the nail plate. It normally appears white or yellowish in color, and may also change the texture and shape of the nail. The fungus digests the keratin protein of which the nail plate is comprised. As the infection progresses, organic debris accumulates under the nail plate often discoloring it. Other infectious organisms may be involved, and if left untreated, the nail plate may separate from the nail bed and crumble off.

Many times this type of infection occurs due to the nail tech improperly sanitizing her implements (or not at all) after use on the previous client. If she nips or cuts the skin surrounding the nail plate or the seal underneath the free edge, it is the perfect highway for a fungal infection to enter the space between the nail plate and the nail bed. You will need to soak off the enhancements in order for any medication you apply to successfully 'kill' the invading fungus. There are several different medications you can apply: Dr. G's Clear Nail available through many beauty supply distributors or on line at or you can get a dermatologist to prescribe Penlac which is a nail polish type of medication. Either of these products will work on the fungus, but you MUST keep the area clear of enhancements, water and especially household cleaning solutions or any other type of solvent. (Water is a solvent.) Wear gloves whenever you can, and do not try to remove the accumulated debris!

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